Welcome to Social Bite’s item donation shop! Here you can browse and purchase the items that they need this month. The Give Today team then make sure your donation is delivered directly to Social Bite’s door.
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Donate exactly what is needed.
Social Bite is on a mission to bring Scotland together, to build a collaborative movement to end homelessness here. To do that they are working to make houses available to the homeless, fund a support resource for people to sustain their tenancies, and to integrate these vulnerable and marginalised people back into society – where they belong.
The items listed here are those currently needed by Social Bite, Edinburgh. When you purchase a donation through this store, your exact purchased item is sent directly to Social Bite. They can then distribute or use the donated items as required, making a real, tangible difference to someone’s life. It also means that they don’t have to spend money donations on items, and can instead use it for those things only money can buy.
There is no minimum order size, and all items include free delivery.
Social Bite don’t pay for their donation shop , and Give Today use just £0.50 of the item prices below to cover transaction costs and price fluctuations from suppliers. Give Today don’t profit from the sale of any items on the website.
Social Bite at work:
Social Bite was begun by Alice Thompson and Josh Littlejohn in 2012 as a Sandwich Shop in Rose Street, but not just any sandwich shop, Josh and Alice decided to operate as a Social Business giving away all profits to good causes. In the space of just six years, Social Bite has gone on to employ 70 people and operate a chain of five social enterprise sandwich shops across Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen as well as a food delivery service called “Social Bite Delivers”. They are proud to be a living wage employer for Social Bite Fund and Social Bite Limited and to be recognised as a Supported Business.
Positioned in a central location like Rose Street, you see homeless people every day. It seemed only natural to offer free food and hot drinks, and then one guy asked for a job. Social Bit thought: “why not?” and things took off from there.
Soon they were employing several people who had been homeless and it was through the shared experience of working together that we became aware of the complexity of issues facing people on our streets and the vulnerable situations in which they find themselves. We knew we had to do more to help. Today our Social Bite Academy enables the employment of people affected by homelessness (32 in 2018) and also supports homeless people to volunteer (45 in 2018). We distribute more than 140,000 items of healthy free food via our cafes each year and our weekly Social Supper events connect 400 vulnerable people every week with food, support and opportunities. We also have a restaurant, Vesta Restaurant & Bar, formerly called ‘Home’ which opened in 2016 and which provides weekly sit down meals for 40 people experiencing homelessness and food poverty, as well as training opportunities for our supported employees.
We were shocked at the extent of homelessness and the barriers it creates to living a normal life, so in 2015 we set up the Social Bite Fund with the mission to end homelessness in Scotland.